Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West
By: Harriet & Fred Rochlin
The Author Reflects:
My author’s copy of the republished tenth edition arrived from iUniverse on February 7th. Adding to my pleasure was the quote on the cover: “Social history at its best, entertaining, engaging, and filled with little known information about famous and not-so-famous Jewish pioneers.” San Francisco Chronicle. Viewing the twenty exuberant reviews on the next page and five more on the back cover, I was sufficiently gratified to move on to the new materials my staff or I had added to the current edition.
At my request, Jacob Cunningham, a Jewish historian, had laboriously examined the 219 historical photographs in Pioneer Jews to determine how many had acquired new owners during the 26 years the book had been in print. As a result, near the end of a segment titled “Courtesy Line Updates” are four unnumbered pages with the newly corrected names of current rights holders to 64 photographs. The undertaking was costly, but in my estimation, an essential contribution to the continued value of this historical work. Which brings to mind our first photographic exhibition. A display of images of Jews in the West serving as fire fighters, police, labor organizers, mayors, senators, and governors surprised many attendees. Early in the show, two panels were stolen.
Also, on an adjacent unnumbered page is my account of how my husband acquired a near-nude photograph of Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp, who for forty-seven years lived with, but never married, Wyatt Earp. The identity of Josephine challenged, we were advised by the U.S. Copyright Office that the photograph was registered as Kaloma, copyright #13663, and was circulated in 1914 by the Postcard Novelties Company. Neither the subject nor the photographer was named, and the image is in public domain.
The more I researched and wrote, the more I learned. Jews in the West were of diverse origins, beliefs, abilities, aspirations and morals. No prompting needed, I was most impressed by those who aspired to do something of value. It wasn't only the research and the writing that enthralled me; I was captivated by the Jews who arrived early and actively participated in the Americanization of the newly acquired region. Jews functioned from top to bottom of that emerging society. The work I’d chosen had gradually taught me that I’m as much a westerner as a Jew. Growing up in a Jewish family in the West, I attended multicultural public schools where I was taught to respect the diversity of my fellow students. Unwittingly, my dual origins entwined. The more consciously I became a Jew and a westerner, the more I became a Jewish westerner. Available for purchase at iUniverse, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc and at your local bookstore!
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Noah’s Ark Exhibit
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The Ketubah Exhibit
The Sixth Annual Ketubah & Wedding Dress Exhibit at the Jewish Historical Museum of Southern Arizona features wedding gowns worn under the Chupah from the 1500s to 2010.
This wonderfully beautiful exhibit features some of the most remarkable wedding dresses and ketubahs, dating as far back as the 1500s. “The Mission of the Jewish History Museum is the collection, preservation, exhibition and teaching of the Jewish heritage of the American Southwest and the preservation of the first synagogue building in Arizona.” This exhibit exemplifies just that and will surely be a learning experience for all future generations about our past as a nation.
January 1, 2014 through March 30, 2014
Wednesday, Thursday Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
General Admission: $5
JHM Members: Free
Jewish History Museum of Southern Arizona
564 South Stone Avenue P.O. Box 889
Tucson, AZ 85701
Tel: (520) 670-9073
Fax: (520) 670-9078
Israeli Stamp Collection
“The Mizel Museum was gifted a large collection of Israeli postage stamps, covering a plethora of categories—festivals, holidays and happenings, personalities, government, patriotism and nationalism, medical and technical advances, the arts and museums, and nature and the environment. Our collection spans the decades of Israel’s birth as a state through the 1980s, and is nearly complete for each year represented.”
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Free admission from 5-8 PM!)
Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
First Sunday of the Month: 11:00 AM - 4:00 AM
College Students/Seniors: $4
Youth ages 6-18: $3
Children 5 and under are free
Exhibit is available for viewing by appointment only.
The Mizel Museum:
400 South Kearney Street
Denver, CO 80224-1238
Ellen Premack, Executive Director
Tel: (303) 749-5011